#698 Night of the Comet (1984)

A low budget horror action movie that’s become something of a cult classic, Night of the Comet is a collection of good and bad, still outperforming its modest budget.

First and foremost Night of the Comet gets its mood just right: The feeling of the apocalyptic Los Angeles void of all its inhabitants is captured efficiently with smartly framed early morning shots. The kick ass soundtrack no doubt adds a lot to the overall feeling, and this awesome collection of songs is a sought after collector item.

It’s therefore unfortunate the plot itself doesn’t quite match the superb setting. Far too many events and reasons are left vague and unexplained, and the whole zombie approach feels totally uninspired and unnecessary.

Ultimately and very regrettably the cult status and the positive vibe of the movie have a promise of something much greater than Night of the Comet can deliver.

80s-o-meter: 84%

Total: 70%